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Am I a Good Candidate for a Breast Reduction?

Chronic pain and health problems can often be related to overly large or heavy breasts. For example, back pain, breathing constrictions, and posture issues may all be related to the size of your breasts. Even if you don’t suffer medically, large breasts may leave you feeling uncomfortable with your appearance.

Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can decrease the weight and size of breasts to help address pain, and help reduce breasts so that they better fit the patient’s lifestyle needs. This is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, fat, and tissue to reduce the size of the breasts while maintaining a natural shape and silhouette.

Listed below are the symptoms and traits of an ideal breast reduction procedure candidate:

  • Pain in the shoulders and neck, even when you have not completed physical activity
  • Breathing Issues, specifically when laying on your back
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Rashes or Irritation Around Breasts
  • Reoccurring Back Pain
  • Issues with Clothing Fitting Comfortably
  • Tingling Sensation Caused by the Downward Pull of Breasts
  • Posture Issues
  • Limitations to Physical Activities

To undergo a breast reduction surgery, it is important to ensure you are generally healthy, have reasonable expectations of the results, are not currently pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, and can go through a restful recovery period. Recovery is based on the individual so healing time may vary among patients.

Large, heavy breasts can cause constant back, neck, and shoulder pain. The primary reason women seek out breast reduction surgery is to reduce aches and enjoy a more active lifestyle, but the surgery also enhances appearance immensely, improving overall body image.

Contact Dr. James Chappell, a board-certified plastic surgeon, at Annapolis Plastic Surgery to discuss breast reduction surgery.